Samurai Sportswear Announce The Release Of Safari Sevens Shirt For Samurai International RFC, In Association With The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust


Samurai Sportswear are delighted to present the first images of the Samurai International RFC Safari Sevens match shirt, which is to be debuted at the Safari Sevens in Kenya on September 24th/25th, in association with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

This striking OMG Iconix™ match shirt takes its inspiration from the amazing conservation work done by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who are currently hand-raising raising Ambo, the newest member of the #SamuraiFamily. Orphaned elephant Ambo, who has recently been adopted by Samurai Sportswear Managing Director Terry Sands, has provided much of the influence for the in-house design team at Samurai to create this remarkable shirt. The new kit also honours the new partnership formed by Samurai International RFC, the world’s most prominent invitational rugby side and the pioneering DSWT.

The OMG Iconix™ match shirt is representative of a mural at the DSWT’s elephant nursery in Nairobi National Park, created by French artist Philippe Baudelocque. The depiction of the elephant has been combined with the rising sun pattern, which is synonymous with Samurai International. This represents the new hope given to animals who thrive at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, whilst reflecting the values held by the team.  The designers at Samurai Sportswear have used batik style patterns on the shoulders of the shirt along with a mix of colours, including earthy tones of green and orange, often found in traditional African artwork. By combining this with a classic elephant grey, it is ensured that the inspiration for the shirt is never forgotten.

Samurai International RFC will of course benefit from the OMG Iconix™ match shirt’s on-field features, allowing the athletes to perform at their best. The tailored, competition fit garment works in tandem with each individual, allowing for a full range of movement. Sculpted bicep sleeve, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling add to the design and quality of the shirt, making this 4D performance fabric the very best for any player taking to the rugby pitch.

Samurai Sportswear and Samurai International RFC are thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the DSWT, where together, they can raise the profile of the Trust and the inspirational work they do. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust works to protect and preserve wildlife and habitats in Kenya, including the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants, enabling them to be re-integrated back into the wild herds of Tsavo; the project has received worldwide critical acclaim. It is hoped that more awareness will be raised through this partnership, where Samurai Sportswear, Samurai International RFC and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust can continue to protect the herd.



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Cornish Rebels Take Historic Third Consecutive League Title

Cornish Rebels RLFC broke yet another record this weekend as they became the first South West Rugby League club to win three successive Grand Final’s,defeating Devon Sharks at Polson Bridge to become season champions.

Having met twice in the league and once in the South West Cup final this season, the Rebels had gotten the better of the Sharks on all three occasions. However, the Sharks came to Launceston with a strong squad in an attempt to finish their season on a high.

Both teams started brightly in damp conditions, but it was the Rebels who dominated the majority of the first half. The Sharks couldn’t stop the power of prop Jack Scott as he went over the line under the sticks to open his teams scoring for the day, while Liam Freeman backed him up with the extras.

Fullback James Wilson burst down the channel and cut the ball back inside for centre Decarlo Trerise to score the first of his brace. Shortly afterwards, Wilson added a try of his own and Freeman was able to slot both conversions.

The Rebels looked to be pulling away with ease, but the Sharks continued to push. Forward John Ross was unleashed from 10 yards and he was able to break through the line to touch down. Kye Munslow was reliable as-ever with the conversion.

There was time for two more Rebels tries before the break. Hooker Callum Abbott managed to lean under the sticks for a fine try, before Pete Mabbott ran in uncontested for another. Neither tries were converted.

The second half saw the Sharks take control and score four unconverted tries through Ben Spear, Will Sanders, Kye Munslow and Paul Cartwright.

Had the conversions hit, Devon Sharks would have taken a four-point lead, however this was not be their day and the Rebels proceeded to take back control and the put the fixture to bed.

The ever-destructive second-row Martyn Lawrance blitzed across the defensive line into the corner and when three Sharks defenders attempted to drag him into touch he calmly offloaded to Trerise who capped a fine season for himself, with his second of the day. Freeman converted coolly to pump the Rebels up for the last quarter.

Dominating inside the 20 metre line, Captain Jack Scott offloaded to Freeman, who had Ben Harris running a fantastic line to latch onto a pin-point pass and glide through the Sharks wall uncontested to dive over.

The game closed with second-row Matt Ballard kicking a Sharks dropped ball, guiding it 40 metres with the Sharks hot on his tail. Ballard was a fraction away from touching it down, however he was tackled off the ball by the defender and the referee awarded the penalty try, which Freeman converted.

The Rebels have enjoyed an unbeaten season, during which the club has developed significantly. Since launching their partnership last year with 2014 Super League Champions St Helens RLFC, Cornish Rebels have hosted hosted a Schools festival which engaged over 150 children in the sport of Rugby League for the first time. In recent weeks news has also broken through that the long-anticipated Stadium 4 Cornwall has had final approval and work now begins to deliver the community facility. It is intended the Rebels will be based at this new facility and will continue look to enter the higher echelons of the UK Rugby League scene.

The Rebels now go forward into the Harry Jepson Trophy to play for a place in the Challenge Cup in 2017, details of which will be announced shortly.



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Samurai Sportswear and Hong Kong Football Club Announce New Long Term Partnership

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to announce the agreement of a new long term partnership with the Hong Kong Football Club’s Rugby Section as the Norfolk based teamwear supplier continues its international expansion.

With the agreement now in place, both Samurai and the Hong Kong Football Club Rugby Section are working in conjunction to produce a range of match kit that includes an exclusive custom made OMG Iconix™ match shirt accompanied by a range of leisurewear for over 300 club members.

Hong Kong Football Club’s Rugby Section is the oldest and most successful rugby team in Hong Kong and currently fields seven men’s 15-a-side squads as well as two female squads in both league and cup competitions. Rugby has always been instilled in the club and although it hosts a range of sports, it was rugby that was first played on February 16th 1886 in a match between the British Army Garrison and local civilians. From that date the club has flourished, attracting some of the island’s leading rugby professionals into its ranks.

When asked about the forming of this new partnership, Samurai Sportswear’s Head of International Sales, Colan Leung said, “We are delighted to welcome Hong Kong Football Club Rugby Section to the Samurai Family, this prestigious club will certainly benefit from the playing advantages that come with their own bespoke OMG Iconix match kit designed by our in-house team. I personally look forward to working alongside them to produce a range of Samurai rugby gear that the club, it’s players and the fans will be proud of.”

Director of Rugby at HKFC, William Thomas, commented ‘We are delighted to enter this partnership with Samurai Sportswear from not only a kit apparel perspective but also in terms of developing a rugby partnership with their world famous Samurai International 7s.  We were particularly impressed with the Samurai performance apparel and

the bespoke OMG Iconix match kit that Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs wear in the Aviva Premiership.  We’ve no doubt that the partnership is going to flourish in the seasons ahead.’


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Glow Fluro With Samurai Sportswear

If you’re looking for a custom rugby kit design that will make your team stand out both on and off the pitch, look no further than Samurai’s neon rugby match kits. Designed using our market leading fluorescent ink technologies; Samurai Sportswear are able to create sublimated match kits that not only perform fantastically, but can also give you that added glow.

Samurai Sportswear are pioneers in the use of fluorescent colours in our rugby shirt designs, with the Samurai 7s team wearing fluro kits as long ago as 2009 when the team won the Manchester 7s. Since then elite level clubs including Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks have taken advantage of Samurai’s fluro kit as their away kit choice.

In total we have five choices of neon pink, orangegreencyan and yellow available, we’re sure to have a colour that compliments your team’s identity. So don’t blend in with everyone else, glow your own way.

Call our head office on +44 (0)1508 531010 and a dedicated account manager will be on hand to help you all of the way; whether that be sending you a personalised quote, explaining the easy steps on how to place your order or managing your account once an order has been placed.

Once your quote is accepted our in-house design department will work with you to provide a 100% unique custom design in your team colours to give you that winning edge on the field.

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Samurai Sportswear and Sale Sharks are Back on the Hunt

Norfolk based teamwear supplier Samurai Sportswear and Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks are proud to announce the release of the new 2016/17 Home kit.

The Sale Shark’s 2016/17 fully-sublimated home rugby match shirt is inspired by the clubs’ historical journey; taking design elements from its illustrious past and combining them with Samurai’s most technically advanced kit. The Sale Shark’s iconic ‘Shark fin’ has been reintroduced to the design, alongside darker blue tones as a salute to previous premiership campaigns, whilst the contrasting white hoops across the shirt are a continuation from last season’s home shirt.

Advancements produced throughout the partnership between Samurai Sportswear and Sale can be found on the Shark’s OMG ICONIX™ match shirt. Constructed from Samurai’s high performance 4D fabric, it works in sync with each individual athlete, allowing for movement instead of restricting it; whilst maintaining tensile strength. The shirts other attributes include an integrated collar, GPS pouch, bicep sculpted sleeves, anti-pinch underarms and sculpted diverted side seam panelling, making it increasingly difficult for the opposition to pull down the Sharks.

Sale Shark’s main shirt sponsor UKFAST makes a return to the Manchester based club after a 6 year exodus alongside brand-focused law firm Brandsmiths, Spinningfields Retail and Residential Development, Innside Hotels and nutrition specialists USN. Supporters can also find the Sale Sharks logo on the left chest and miniature shark fin across the nape of the neck.

When questioned about the Sale Shark’s 2016/17 home kit, Samurai Sportswear’s Head of UK Sales, Mike Atkin said; “For the last twenty years Samurai Sportswear have been known as a provider of truly eye-catching teamwear and the Sale Sharks 2016/17 home shirt provides no exception.”

“What I like about this shirt is that it tells a story, incorporating elements of previous home shirts whilst applying upgrades that have been designed to cope with taking on the world’s best players. Everyone at Samurai is excited to see this shirt on the pitch and we firmly believe it is a design that will capture the hearts of the fans.”

Steve Diamond, Director of Rugby at Sale Sharks added; “We’re delighted that our successful partnership with Samurai has once again delivered an outstanding match kit. I’m confident that the team and the supporters will appreciate the new design and we’re now looking forward to the new season kicking off with the kits first debut on the 9th September at the AJ Bell against Harlequins.”